Nadieh Bremer

An Astronomer who found out she loved Data Visualization

I’m a freelancing data visualization designer and artist, working from Amsterdam, with a background in data science. In 2011 I graduated as an Astronomer from the University of Leiden. Looking for more tangible and dynamic work I left the world of Academia and worked as a Analytics Consultant at Deloitte for four years.

It took me a while to figure out that, although I liked doing data analysis, I loved the visualization of the analysis and insights. In my evenings and weekends I started teaching myself about the subject of data visualization and I also created this website & blog to share my personal projects. A year later in 2015 I got the opportunity to join Adyen as a full-time data visualization designer. There I worked on designing & building dashboards and other data visualizations for their client environment.

However, after a year I figured out that my passion lies with the more creative kind of data visualization, not dashboards. So I quit my job to become a freelancing data visualization designer to explore if there is a market for unique and captivating visualizations of data.

My projects include both web-based interactive visualizations, frequently using a storytelling technique to show insights into complex data and static visualizations that typically allow a bit more freedom in their design. I also like to explore the world of data art. Something that wouldn’t look bad hanging on a wall, or that can be used as branding/marketing material. If you like my designs you can also get prints of some of my works.

Besides creating visualization I love to spread my enthusiasm for good data visualization by speaking at meetups and conferences and I will start to run workshops on creative data visualization very soon.

If you’re interested in my projects & experiments, please feel free to contact me to find out how we might work together!

Speaking

I love teaching others new things. That’s why this page also has tutorials and resource sections. And I’ve had the pleasure to speak to others about a wide variety of topics in the last year

Feel free to contact me if you’d like me to come and speak at an event, meetup or another gathering of people

Nadieh Bremer, data scientist, set the bar for data visualization extremely high by showing stunning ways to derive meaning from giant sets of data. A very inspiring showcase where science meets art & designFerdy Christant | Fronteers Conf 2016
  • Hacking the Visual Norm It’s the data that should define what chart to use, not some tool. By taking you through a years worth of data visualizations made for business & personal experiments I show you the different ways that you can go beyond the norm to create visualizations that are optimized to show their insights
  • SVGs beyond mere shapes Full of data visualization eye candy to inspire. Showing people what fun and effective things you can do with SVG gradients & filters, which brighten up any visual and make it more effective
  • The Psychology of Seeing Although we behave successfully in the world, we do not see it according to physical reality. Our mind plays tricks on us. How can we use this knowledge to create better data visualizations?
  • Storytelling with Data How can you convey a difficult concept, dataset or algorithm to an audience? How can you make the audience interested, engaged and make them remember? By employing a storytelling approach
  • Introduction to D3 An introduction to D3.js for people who only know of it by name. Only a basic familiarity with HTML, CSS & JavaScript is needed
  • Visualizing the impact of Millions of People on the Move A journey through the design process of my award winning data visualization on urbanization. Showcasing things that never made it and the improvements thought of

Upcoming talks

SmashingConf

April 4 & 5th 2017, San Francisco, USA

+ workshop

OpenVisConf

April 24 & 25th 2017, Boston, USA

Fronteers

April 28th 2017, Utrecht, the Netherlands

workshop only

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CSSConf EU

May 5th 2017, Berlin, Germany

Beyond Tellerrand

May 15 – 17th 2017, Düsseldorf, Germany

+ workshop

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Pixel Pioneers

June 22nd 2017, Bristol, UK

Reasons to

September 4 – 6th 2017, Brighton, UK

Reach out if you’d like me to speak!

Past talks

2017

INCH
March 9, 10 & 11th Munich, Germany
Qlik Dev Group
February 28th & March 1st London & Edinburgh, UK read the feedback
Reasons:London
February 17th London, UK read the feedback
Infographics Conference
September 22nd & 23rd University of Twente, the Netherlands read the feedbackwatch the video

2016

ICONS #13
December 14th Amsterdam, the Netherlands
amsterdamUX meetup
December 7th Amsterdam, the Netherlands
CSSConf AU 2016
November 30th Melbourne, Australia read the feedback
Fronteers Conference
October 5 & 6th Amsterdam, the Netherlands read the feedbackwatch the video
Generate Conference
September 22nd & 23rd London, UK read the feedbackwatch the video
Reasons to
September 5, 6 & 7th Brighton, UK read the feedbackwatch the video
DomCode Meetup
May 31st Utrecht, the Netherlands read the feedback
OpenVisConf 2016
April 25 & 26th Boston, USA read the feedbackwatch the video
Public guest lecture
April 19th University of Twente, the Netherlands
UtrechtJS Meetup
March 10th Amersfoort, the Netherlands read the feedback
Infographics Conference
March 4th Zeist, the Netherlands read the feedback
Videos of my talks
“So, what’s with that name?”

Well, I’ve always doodled a lot and one of my favorite doodle forms actually looks like a cinnamon viewed from above, like my logo. That’s what first got me on the Cinnamon idea and when I then realised that I love the taste of cinnamon (in appropriate dishes of course) and actually like the word itself, nice letters and sound, that was enough of a positive vibe for me to name my site Visual Cinnamon. And hexagons actually became my favorite simple geometrical shape in 2012 when I got heavily involved with Self Organizing Maps.

Astronomy

During my Bachelor and Master I studied very hard to become an Astronomer. It was the beautiful photos of the amazing objects in our Universe that first got me attracted to the subject and when I found out in High School that Math and Physics (especially nuclear physics) were my favorite subjects, the choice for University was pretty clear.

I learned many amazing things, about the life of Stars, the creation of our Universe and the non-intuitivity of Quantum Physics and loved all the math and programming I had to learn along the way. I graduated in Cosmology, investigating if the density of galaxies was a good primer for the amount of Dark Matter surrounding those galaxies using simulations.

However, after 5 years I knew that a PhD was not the right fit for me, so I left after graduating to start my career as a Consultant in Analytics, still working with lots of data, but now usually on customers or transactions instead of stars and galaxies. Less romantic but more tangible, less rational but the same amount of mystery.

If you’re looking for a uniquely crafted data visualizationcaptivating data artdesign advice or a passionate speaker, let’s get in touch!
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